How to Toast Nuts in the Microwave

If a recipe asks for nuts and you want to give it a little more flavor, toast the nuts in the Microwave. When you want to add them to a salad or just have them as a snack, it’s ideal for toasting a little quantity of them.

You can quickly and easily produce a small batch of roasted nuts in the Microwave without preheating the oven or waiting for the toaster oven to come to temperature.

What do you need to Toast Nuts in the Microwave?

You’ll need a microwave-safe plate or dish and around 1/2 to 1 cup of nuts.

How to Toast Nuts in the Microwave

Even though baking them in the oven is the ideal option, there are times when you only need a tiny handful of nuts for a salad, a quick snack, or even to make banana bread in a cup.

Make sure you have a plate that can be placed in the Microwave and is suitable for doing so. After that, start toasting the nuts at increments of one minute. Each time, stir the nuts.

After every minute of toasting, mix the food in the Microwave for an additional 4 minutes. I’ve even heard of folks who toast their nuts in a panini press or sandwich maker if you’re not confident about using the Microwave to do it.


  • 1/2 to 1 cup of your preferred nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, or even sunflower seeds)


  • Spread the nuts out in a single layer on a plate that can be used in a microwave.
  • The nuts should be heated for 1 minute at a time, stirring in between.
  • Continue toasting for a total of 4 minutes.

Cooking Time & Servings

  • Cook Time: 4 Minutes
  • Total Time: 4 Minutes
  • Servings: 3 person

Can you microwave nuts instead of roasting them?

Yes. Stir the nuts every minute in the microwave until they are evenly toasted and golden. Depending on how many nuts you use, this takes about three to eight minutes. The results are more even and have better flavor than anything you can make in a skillet or toaster oven.

Why nuts should not be roasted?

If you roast nuts, they may lose some healthy fats and nutrients, and a harmful chemical called acrylamide may form. On the other hand, raw nuts are more likely to have dangerous bacteria like Salmonella than roasted nuts.

I am Chef Harunur Rashid Azim. I inherited my family's love of cooking at a young age. I graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in London, UK, with determination and passion to become a chef. Follow me on Twitter: @RashidIsChef, FB: Azim

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